Orange Prize 2012: The Longlist

8th Mar 2012

Orange Prize 2012: The Longlist

The Orange Prize for Fiction, won last year by Téa Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife, recognises the achievements of women authors writing in English. The 2012 longlist was announced today:

Island of Wings by Karin Altenberg (Quercus) – Swedish; 1st Novel

On the Floor by Aifric Campbell (Serpent’s Tail) – Irish; 3rd Novel

The Grief of Others by Leah Hager Cohen (The Clerkenwell Press) – American; 4th Novel

The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue (Picador) – Irish; 7th Novel

Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan (Serpent’s Tail) – Canadian; 2nd Novel

The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright (Jonathan Cape) – Irish; 5th Novel

The Flying Man by Roopa Farooki (Headline Review) – British; 5th Novel

Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon (Quercus) – American; 4th Novel

Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding (Bloomsbury) – British; 3rd Novel

Gillespie and I by Jane Harris (Faber & Faber) – British; 2nd Novel

The Translation of the Bones by Francesca Kay (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) – British; 2nd Novel

The Blue Book by A.L. Kennedy (Jonathan Cape) – British; 6th Novel

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Harvill Secker) – American; 1st Novel

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Bloomsbury) – American; 1st Novel

Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick (Atlantic Books) – American; 7th Novel

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (Bloomsbury) – American; 6th Novel

There but for the by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton) – British; 5th Novel

The Pink Hotel by Anna Stothard (Alma Books) – British; 2nd Novel

Tides of War by Stella Tillyard (Chatto & Windus) – British; 1st Novel

The Submission by Amy Waldman (William Heinemann) – American; 1st Novel

Chair of Judges, Joanna Trollope, commented: “I am very proud of this year’s Orange longlist… It not only demonstrates the judges’ eye for quality, but is also evidence of the breadth of subject matter, and individuality of voice, in women’s writing today.”

Ann Patchett has won the award previously (2002, Bel Canto) and Emma Donoghue, Jane Harris and Ali Smith have all been shortlisted before, whilst Francesca Kay won the Orange Award for New Writers in 2009 with An Equal Stillness.

The shortlist will be announced on 17th April, followed by the awards ceremony on 30th May. Are there any titles you think should have made the longlist, and who do you think will win?

Alex Herod


  • Cariad Martin says:

    I haven’t read any of them! This significantly lengthens my to-read list. Will read some & get back to you.

  • Alex Herod says:

    I need to read more of them too! I definitely recommend Half Blood Blues, and my boyfriend loved There But For The (he did a review here: ) x

  • Yes, I wish Eowyn Ivey’s ‘The Snow Child’ had made the longlist (if it was eligible), it’s sure to be one of my favourites of 2012, a unique voice, compelling tale, unforgetable characters and that wonderful Alaska wilderness.

    But always great to see a longlist of talented women writers and their books, I’m looking forward to reading many of them.